March 28th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Analysis: Americans wary about war in Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="U.S. forces have been engaged in fierce fighting to oust the Taliban in Afghanistan."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - How does the American public feel about the war in Afghanistan? In a word, wary.

President Obama on Friday announced his strategy to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a plan that includes more troops, new legislation, improved troop training and added civilian expertise.

"The United States of American did not choose to fight a war in Afghanistan. Nearly 3,000 of our people were killed on September 11, 2001," Obama said Friday.

"We have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan," he said.

Stressing that "the safety of people around the world is at stake," Obama said the "situation is increasingly perilous" in the region in and around Afghanistan, where the United States has been fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban for more than 7½ years after attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.

Nevertheless, the American public has been wary about the war in Afghanistan, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted in February.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. alvino

    If Bush had stuck to going after the people responsible for 9-11 in Afghanistan, and not invaded Iraq, we would not have to deal with this mess today. Unlike his meaningless war in Iraq, we have an obligation to the 3000 killed to neutralize Al-Qaeda.

    March 28, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. joe

    A lot of you idiots do not deserve the freedom you enjoy I am an American Jew and it is people like you who allowed Adolph Hitler to rise up in Germany and kill over 6 million Jew and millions more in WWII.

    When will you understand that there is nothing free about freedom. This mindset of America is dangrous. The reason the World Trade Center was hit was that the terrorist did not believe that we would react, afterall in 1993 attact on the WTC we did nothing.

    If we do not prevail in Afganistan it will only be a matter of time before we are hit again and again.

    We have all but won the war in Irag and although there is a lot of work to do we stayed the course and won, lets hope Obama for political reasons does not mess it up. GROW UP AMERICA. EVERYONE DOES NOT PLAY BY OUR RULES. IT IS A TOUGH WORLD OUT THERE

    March 28, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. JonDie

    While CNN and the media were uncritically cheerleading for Bush's criminal enterprise in Iraq, a criminal enterprise that enriched leading Republican supporters with billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded deficit and which got more than 50,000 soldiers wounded, often due to lack of body and vehicle armor, the US military did next to NOTHING in Afghanistan for seven years. No wonder Americans are worried about Afghanistan.

    March 28, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Amanda

    No countries have ever won the war against Afghanistan. It is NOT our place to be.

    March 28, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. MZ

    Obama NOT going to legalize drugs ? INCREASING our involvement in Afghanistan ?....OUCH !!!!!......That's NOT going to PLEASE the BASE !!!!!!!

    March 28, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Perusing-through

    This is a war the nation nearly had won, until Cheney decided to sway Bush into Iraq. Afghanistan was the place where al Qaeda launched its attack on America, and Afghanistan is where al Qaeda remains. President Obama has no choice but to finish the job Bush failed to do and clean Afghanistan of the terrorist once and for all.

    March 28, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    Obama finally does something right..

    March 28, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Honorable Kansas Vet

    And Americans should be warry abiut Afganistan. The military operations after initial sucess have been placed in limbo. To carry on without an increase in troops on the ground and a plan to train Afgan forces would result in a long term never ending military operation.

    March 28, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. B

    So you know where Osama is uh? Well you should be right in there and out in the blink of an eye. Who know's Osama may hear you want to talk to him an just give himeself up. Nobody can say anything else about President Bush freeing a country from a dictator. This one is obama's war.

    March 28, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Ann

    The terrorists live there... we don't.
    Get our troops out now.

    March 28, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. West

    gotta keep the war machine going... sounds alot like Dubya, don't he. "The United States of American did not choose to fight a war in Afghanistan. Nearly 3,000 of our people were killed on September 11, 2001,"
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    When will we wake up?

    March 28, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. West

    follow the money. it always leads back to the bankers.

    March 28, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Linda in MS

    President Obama is correct, This is the hotspot we need to win, if possible. We should have committed ourselves to this war only, not Iraq. Things might have been a lot better in Afghanistan by now had we done this from the start.

    March 28, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Realistic Democrat

    The only thing I am wary about are all the idiots in the media...

    March 28, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Bash

    This is a just war,at least to prevent further attacks,lets get it done quickly,its becoming a "long thing"

    March 29, 2009 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  16. Adrian Puenary

    Now is too late to be worried. If we got into this mess by ourselfs, we have to stick with our guns till the very end of it!

    March 29, 2009 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
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